ALERTS HOW-TO GUIDE

View Alerts

Anyone can view SkyTruth alerts by visiting our map at alerts.skytruth.org.

The Alerts tab should be active; if not, click .

Move around the map by click-dragging any part of it.

Zoom in and out with your mouse’s scroll wheel, by pinching in/expanding out the touch pad or mobile device, or by clicking the + and buttons.

The displayed alerts represent the most recent 100 incidents based on the current map and filtering. Alerts are shown both as icons on the map, and as a list sorted by date in the left sidebar.

Broad map views tend to show more recent incidents, as the top 100 incidents are spread over larger areas.

 

A narrower map view will show alerts going back further in time, but for a more specific location.

 

Filtering Alerts

You can filter alerts by incident source, date range,  or keyword. The state selection doesn’t really filter the results, but centers the map over the selected state.

The keyword filter will search for the entered value in each alert’s summary, content and tag fields. You can use a phrase as a keyword, but beware that the content field is made up of HTML, so searching for more than one word at a time doesn’t always work. Also, a keyword search may slow down map rendering, so moving around the map and zooming in and out with a keyword search should be avoided for best performance.

Here are some examples of values for keyword search:

  • bigspill   (all one word)
  • pipeline
  • railroad
  • taylor energy
  • formaldehyde
  • incinerator
  • oil spill
  • gas leak

Viewing Alert Details

Move your pointer over any icon to view the incident’s date and title. Want to see more details? Click the icon or, if you’re viewing the list in the left sidebar, the incident’s description. This will place a marker over the alert and pop up a window with details.

From there, click View full report in the pop-up window to further zoom into the incident and highlight its details.

This also creates a unique URL in your browser’s address line. For example:

https://alerts.skytruth.org/report/c9b7f891-ec4e-3a61-8a5f-cbb0d35ec02b/

By sharing the URL with others, you can give them access to the same incident details.

Download Alerts

You can download the alerts for the current map view by clicking the  button. File formats are CSV or KML.